May 24, 2017

Elections and more

Colleagues:

On-line voting for next year’s officers of the AAUP is now underway.  On-line voting is open from now until midnight on Sunday.  On-campus voting will occur on Wednesday May 17 just prior to the start of the closing meeting at the entrance to Globe Hall.  Voting is open to all dues paying member of the Chapter.  Department Chairs and those faculty paying the service fee are not allowed to vote.

As a reminder, the Chapter will be conducting another food drive to help fill the food pantries on each campus.  Please try to remember to bring a donation.  Large boxes will be set up at both entrances to Globe Hall on the first and second floors of the HT building.  Members of the Executive Committee will make sure that the collected donations are distributed to all three food pantries.

On behalf of the Chapter,

Harry Z.

 

AAUP Call To Action – March 30, 2017

In light of recent memos pertaining to the fiscal year 2018 operating budget from Dr. Pollard and Dr. Wormack, the Montgomery College Chapter of the AAUP will hold a special off-campus meeting next Thursday night, March 30 at 7:00pm. The AAUP Executive Committee has been informed that the budget request submitted by the College to the Montgomery County Council did not seek funding necessary to meet the full salary adjustment for the 2017 – 2018 academic year, as negotiated in section 8.2 of the 2015 full time faculty collective bargaining agreement. Given this breach of our negotiated contract, along with other on-going issues affecting the relationship between Full-Time Faculty and college Management, the Chapter membership must come together at this juncture to determine our next steps.  The AAUP Executive Committee feels that it is very important that Chapter members understand the complex situation we face, and that you are able to participate in decision-making regarding our collective response.  The Chapter’s attorney will be in attendance at the meeting in order to help answer questions from those in attendance.

The Executive Committee urges all full-time bargaining unit faculty members to attend this special AAUP- MC meeting. However, in this circumstance the Committee reminds everyone that as with other decisions the Chapter makes, only those full-time faculty who are members in good standing in the Chapter shall vote, if a vote is determined to be needed. But everyone who attends may participate in this special meeting by raising questions while the subject matter is open for discussion at the meeting.

AAUP Bargaining Unit Full-Time Faculty Members Only

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Please make the time to attend this important meeting.

Thank you,

Harry Z.

AAUP Update: Newsletter, December 2016

(download in PDF)

December 2016 Newsletter
Update from Harry N. Zarin, G Counseling, Chapter President

Presidential Perks Survey

On behalf of the Executive Committee I would like to thank all of you who took the time to respond to our recent Presidential Perks Survey. I hope all of you have taken the time to review the results.

As I stated before, the results of the survey were sent, unedited, to Dr. Pollard and they were posted on the open Chapter website. We understand that Dr. Pollard and others in the administration read the responses closely. As was made clear at the start, the survey results do not, in any way, reflect the opinion or position of the Chapter as a whole, of the Executive Committee as a whole, or of the individuals on the Executive Committee.

Following her receipt of the survey results several union and governance leaders, myself included, met with Dr. Pollard and several members of her staff. The meeting was very beneficial and Dr. Pollard and the other members of her team were able to clarify a number of issues raised in the NBC News I-Team report. What happens next is up to Dr. Pollard and her staff.

When I solicited responses to the survey I asked that the responses be thoughtful, professional, and concise. The vast majority of you took the time to do exactly that and this was appreciated by your Executive Committee. However, several of those who chose to respond deviated from the purpose for which the invitation was extended and a few submitters used the survey to make posts regarding matters which were not germane to the highly significant topic that prompted the survey. Moreover, one post went further and made ad hominem comments directed at specific individuals in the College community who were not identified in the NBC News I-Team report or the survey, and did so in an inappropriate tone. While we support full recognition of the protected free speech rights of all members of our Community, we are concerned that dressing-down people who were not involved in the I-Team report on our open website could undermine the serious consideration of the issues that prompted Dr. Pollard’s invitation and we deemed warranted the Chapter members’ attention. Hopefully this will not occur in the future.

Spring Opening Meeting

All faculty are expected to return to work on Tuesday January 17th. The College will hold the spring meeting on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus starting with a continental breakfast at 8:30am. The President’s opening meeting begins at 9:00am and our Chapter meeting will take place after the meeting ends in the same location. During the meeting the Executive Committee will field your questions, discuss some of the activities we have been involved in this semester, briefly talk about next year’s negotiations, and we will hear a treasurer’s report. We will also be holding a special election to fill the vacant Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Vice President position. We hope to see you there.

In Closing

On behalf of the entire ExecAAUP Newsletter December 2016utive Committee I would like to wish all of you a happy and health holiday. Please be safe and get some much needed rest.

AAUP Campus Meetings (Fall 2016)

Colleagues:

During the full faculty meeting in August members of the Executive Committee announced that we were planning on holding faculty meetings on each campus in order to meet with you and hear your concerns. Campus meetings will be held on the following dates, locations, and times.

Germantown Tuesday November 1 2:00-3:30 BE162
Rockville Wednesday November 2 2:00-3:30 SC125
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Tuesday November 15 2:00-3:15 ST301

We hope that as many of you as possible will drop by so that we get to know each other and so that we can have an open dialogue about issues that concern you.

Thank you ,

Harry Z.

AAUP Update: Montgomery County Council Testimony (4/5/16)

Dear Colleagues,

I have been asked to testify at the Tuesday, April 5th public hearings in front of the Montgomery County Council. The Council is holding public hearings on the county’s operating budget and on Tuesday evening they will be hearing testimony from representatives from Montgomery College. Students, union representatives, and an alumni board member will be testifying in support of the College’s operating budget on Tuesday evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the County Council Building (100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, 20850) in the Third Floor Hearing Room.

It is very important that we as a faculty support the College’s advocacy efforts. If your schedule permits, I am asking for your support by attending the hearings on Tuesday evening. Let’s try to pack the hearing room with PURPLE so that we visibly represent the College.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there.

Harry Zarin, Chapter President

 

AAUP Update: Food Drive (4/11-4/15/16)

From April 11 to April 15, the AAUP-Montgomery College Chapter will be doing its part in keeping the food pantries on all three campuses full for students and others needing assistance in getting enough to eat. We will be holding a food drive with donation boxes at various locations. The food pantries are especially in need of healthful food that students can easily eat on campus. Look for the “AAUP Fill the Food Pantry” signs and leave your donations in the box.  If you are interested in volunteering to put out and monitor a box, please contact:

Reminder: AAUP meeting this Friday (9/20)!!

This is a friendly reminder of our off-campus meeting to be held on September 20th in the Carnation Room at the Rockville Senior Center at 5:30pm.  At this off campus meeting, we will discuss details, ramifications, and next steps regarding the restructuring changes happening at MC and so much more!  We are holding the meeting off-campus because of the sensitive nature of the faculty interests we will be discussing.  We sincerely hope that all of you will be able to join us. The Rockville Senior Center, located at 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD, 20850, is only 1.4 miles from Montgomery College-Rockville. The following link provides directions: http://goo.gl/maps/tQDse. This meeting is for dues-paying AAUP members only.

Off Campus Meeting – 9/20/13

The AAUP has scheduled an off-campus meeting to be held on September 20th in the Carnation Room at the Rockville Senior Center at 5:30pm, and  special invitations have been sent to various faculty representative groups of the college. At this off campus meeting, we will discuss details, ramifications, and next steps regarding the restructuring changes happening at MC.  We are holding the meeting off campus because of the sensitive nature of the faculty interests we will be discussing.  We hope that all of you will be able to join us. The Rockville Senior Center, located at 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD, 20850, is only 1.4 miles from Montgomery College-Rockville. The following link provides directions:  http://goo.gl/maps/tQDse

Update on union recent activities

Since presenting the faculty’s concerns to the Board of Trustees two weeks ago, the AAUP has continued to work to ensure that the administration better understands the issues we voiced there. While we have on several occasions further explained these concerns, recent communications leave me troubled and anticipating that a lot of work remains to convince the senior administration of the legitimacy of these concerns and the need to remedy them.

Some of the recent conversations include:
> A couple of days following the comments to the Board, several members of the Chapter executive committee met with Dr. Pollard and her academic leadership team. Discussion there centered on breakdowns in communication and the lack of appropriate faculty involvement in decision making.

> Last Monday, the AAUP-administration collaboration committee met. One of the tasks this group has been working on this semester is clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the full-time faculty.

> On Monday was also held a regularly scheduled meeting of the presidents of the three employee unions with Dr. Pollard. Discussion there included the impact of turnover of administrators and how it affects the formal and informal lines of communication at the College.

> On Tuesday, representatives of the AAUP and the administration met to discuss the difference in perceptions held by the faculty and the administration on the size of the administration relative to the overall size of the institution.
During this time as well, the faculty members of the academic restructuring committee continued to work with the resource members from the AAUP to develop proposals that incorporate the feedback that they have heard and that can be incorporated into the work of the restructuring committee.

Finally, in the midst of all of this, the night after the speech to the Board I testified at the County Council in support of the College’s budget request. While this is not directly related to the other recent discussions and meetings, I mention it here as another example of the faculty standing up for the good of the College and of the union touting the excellence of our faculty. That testimony is available on the Chapter website.

Update on the Restructuring

Colleagues,
Thank you for the steady flow of concerns regarding the academic restructuring that you have shared with the AAUP leadership before, during, and since our meeting last week. We take these concerns very seriously and are doing our best to fully and effectively represent them to both the senior administration and the Board of Trustees. I’d like to share some of the efforts that we have undertaken and plans that we have going forward.

This coming Monday, April 8, is the next meeting of the Board. I have requested time to speak during the open comments period at the beginning of this meeting to relay those concerns that we have heard so clearly and share. I encourage each of you to attend in a show of strength and solidarity. The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:15 pm in the Board Room in the Mannakee building.

Yesterday morning I met with Dr. Pollard. During this meeting we talked at great length about how angry so many of the faculty are regarding both the process and apparent direction in which the restructuring is headed, and I emphasized the feeling of marginalization that is so prevalent. I have also been continuing the research I mentioned last week on practices at other multi-campus, unionized institutions and expect to have more to say based on that by the time of the Board meeting.

The full AAUP executive committee has remained very involved in the efforts. We have had numerous discussions on how to best advocate on this matter, and have scheduled an emergency meeting for tomorrow. In addition, we are working on a compilation of the written and oral feedback that we have received. Our plan is to edit these only to remove references that may identify the speaker or other specific individuals and then post these to our website. If you shared anything that you would rather not be made public even anonymously please contact me by email ASAP, and we will respect your wishes. Should you prefer, you may also contact me at president@mcaaup.org or my personal email address, profpenn@yahoo.com. Please also consider sending to me, if you have not already done so, specific issues and actions that I could include when I speak before the Board. The more examples I am able to include which illustrate why we are feeling angry, distrustful, and marginalized, the more effective our case will be.

Your union leadership genuinely appreciates all of the feedback we have received and wants to assure you that we are working diligently to represent your concerns as effectively as possible.